Region IV of the American Guild of Organists covers the Southeastern United States and Bermuda, including the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana. There are seven districts, 58 local chapters, and over 3,000 members. Our work supports the mission of the Guild: To promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.

August 26, 2008

Spartanburg Chapter to host Pedals, Pipes and Pizza

The Spartanburg Chapter will host a Pedals, Pipes and Pizza event on Saturday, February 7, 2009. This wonderful outreach program teaches young people about the organ. It is perfect for a group of young pianists, or anyone interested in seeing and hearing the organ up close and learning about the "King of Instruments." Help spread the word to area piano teachers and schools. If I knew how to put the brochure on here, I would, but if you want one, please e-mail me at shawbecker@redeemer.org, and I would be happy to send a PDF brochure to you. Please contact AGOSparkle @gmail.com for more information.

Tallahassee Church Music Conference, January 22-24, 2009

Jonathan Hehn, Director of the Tallahassee Church Music Conference, has asked me to help publicize this event, coming up in January. Here's what he says:
"The purpose of this conference is twofold. Primarily is a continuing education opportunity for regional church musicians and clergy. This is a way for our chapter to advance the educational causes of the Guild. Also, the conference "aims to increase the public awareness of church music practice in the Southeast by providing the public with concerts and worship services offering a broad and representative spectrum of music and worship." In this way we hope to further the primary cause of the Guild, which is to promote the arts of organ and choral music, without discounting the undeniable influence of other musical and liturgical styles. We have almost two dozen workshops and concerts this year and are very excited about our faculty, who include Marva Dawn, Boyd Jones, John Ferguson, Andre Thomas and several others." You can check out the website for full information.

Our Regional Calendar is up and Running

Now our members can see AGO events that are happening all over the region. I will be glad to post chapter events and other major organ and choral concerts and conferences. I hope that this will be a useful tool for folks traveling and for others who just want to see what's happening across our region. I will post events that include a chapter website or other e-mail for contact information. Feel free to share the calendar (and the whole blog) with non-members as well.